Man arrested, accused of drug possession

When city police pulled over Raymond Howard’s 2003 Mazda in the 1300 block of Park Avenue about 4:10 a.m. Sunday, he quickly shoved an item into the rear pants pocket of Kylah Winder, who was riding in the front seat, according to an officer’s affidavit.

Howard, who turns 43 on Saturday, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance while Winder, whose exact age and address were not available, was placed in the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation for drinking an alcoholic beverage while under the age of 21.

As corrections officers were searching her at the jail, they found in her back pocket a packet of suspected heroin, which was turned over to a police officer, who brought it back to police headquarters for further examination.

Inside the bag were 60 bags of heroin, three bags of crack cocaine and two additional bags that contained nearly 11 grams of methamphetamine, Patrolman Thaddaeus Trafford said in his affidavit.

Winder was then taken to police headquarters where in a video statement she “stated the drugs belonged to Howard, and that when police attempted to pull his vehicle over, Howard said ‘here,’ and shoved a bag in her rear pocket,” the officer said.

Trafford initially tried to pull Howard over in the area of High and Rose streets, but the man traveled two blocks before stopping on Park Avenue.

Arraigned hours later before District Judge Christian Frey on three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and related offenses, Howard, a resident of the Newberry Estates, 2500 Federal Ave., was jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.